|Cost :||£72.88 (thereabouts, I've probably buggered up the calculations somewhere)|
|Awards :||No physical awards, but a lot of good reaction from people, which does me fine enough|
|Time Taken :||Mmm... About a month or so? It's been a while, so I can't remember.|
|Starting from the bottom up:|
- Boots of eeeeeeeevil - £9.99 + £6.00 shipping (£15.99)
- Santa Belt (used to make the championship belt) - £4.25, free shipping (£4.25)
- Dylon dye and salt for the gi - £6.49 + £0.99, free shipping (£7.48)
- 2 stick on chest wigs (one bought for testing out) - £7.98 + £1.80 (£9.78)
- Hooded white cape - £8.99 + £1.95 shipping (£10.94)
- 4 stick on handlebar moustaches of fail - £10.36 + £1.99 shipping (£12.35)
- Wig cap for afro of win - £1.49, free shipping (£1.49)
- Afro of win, itself - £7.95 + £2.65 shipping (£10.60)
Some pieces of the costume were already owned, or free. Well, there's no money spent on drawing a moustache of win onto your face, when your stick on moustaches fail so hard they can't even be put on. As I was not using Kurama this year, I thought I'd use the gi for him and use it with Mr. Satan, to save a bit of money.
Now, why did I choose to do Mr. Satan? Because. Or in more detail, I've grown to be real fond of Mr. Satan's character, and I'm known amongst my friends for associating with the jokier (and often, therefore, ineffective) characters, like Hibiki Dan in Street Fighter and such. So doing Mr. Satan seemed like the perfect extension on that.
The hardest part about doing the costume has to be the creation of the belt. And I'm gonna have to fix it, because it started to break apart mid-wearing. I basically had to get what cardboard I could and make a circle out of it. Foolishly, I ended up having to use separate pieces of cardboard, to make the one big circle. I glued them together, then made the bird symbol, glued that on. Then I spray painted it all gold. The real tricky bit was sticking it onto the belt, so it would stay on there relatively well. A lot of glue and gaffer tape was involved.
Easiest part? Well, dyeing the gi was straightforward enough. The moustache was simply done. Just take a pen and draw it on, after finding out the stick on moustaches were useless. The damn things had these terrible sticky patches, off of which you were supposed to peel a small strip to reveal the stick on part. ... The whole patches came off, and the moustaches were thread bare anyway, so no stickiness and pretty lacklustre looking up close. So I bit the bullet and just drew on the moustache. It kinda stung a bit at first, but it got better. I also drew on some pretend hair on my arms, as a joke to the cartoony element.
What did I learn? That the moustaches were useless, for one. ... Oh, and that the boots I got for this costume were made of pure evil. They ate into my feet, with a nasty strip that seemed to actually have a sharp bit in it. My socks were in tatters, and then the damage on my feet... Yikes. I'm gonna try and get actual wrestling boots this time, and wear them in, first. And pack a lotta plasters, to cover my feet with. I actually took the boots off and walked the way back to my accommodation (hellish in itself) in just the socks - It hurt to do that about as much as it would have to keep the boots on.
It was a lot of fun with this costume. People recognised it, and even if they didn't, they found it fun to see a guy in a cape and afro and huge drawn on Hulk Hogan style moustache. I got picture requests, which is relatively rare for me.
The afro was pretty damn good. It had a foam disc inside to keep it rested on your head, though this meant that if I nodded or moved my head, the weight of the disc would cause the afro to slump about on my head. It was also damn hot. I was melting by about halfway through the time I wore it. It doesn't help I get hot quite easily anyway, especially after showering, so I was kinda buggered. Thankfully, the day had some breezes about to keep me cooler.
The chest wig is not seen in any photos, because it did stand a chance against the heat coming off my chest. As I said, I get hot quite easily, and so the chest wig was starting to come off midway through the first panel of the day. Eventually, it came off, during a photo in which I ran up some stairs, and I just chucked it over a wall, it was that useless.
The cape was great. The only problem is that it eventually broke. Part of the velcro on it peeled away, and so I could not close the cape. That's why in a fair few of the photos, the cape is not actually properly on. It's just balanced on my shoulders. I'm gonna get a new one, of the same type, and just get a safety pin on hand, in case it happens again.
All in all, I love this costume and am honestly quite proud of it, and so I'm glad that people have taken to it well.